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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
My Obsession With Personal Development: A Tale of Books and Skincare
Finding My Path to
At age 36, I started my personal development journey. I had
dreamed of a life of peace, love, and happiness. I began training myself to be
more positive, attended therapy, and became obsessed with self-help books, such
as those written by Dwayne Dryer, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Rick Warren—their books
were some of my first favorites. In my 20s, I used to ask myself “What is my
talent? What is my purpose?” After reading What
on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren,
I was able to answer those two questions, and it changed my life.
Personal development is work. It took courage to look at
myself, wanting to be a better person and mother, and effort to kill the ego,
but once I started, I wanted more. I kept reading, watching, going to church, and
even attending Oprah's Master Class weekend in Miami. Yep, I spent a weekend
with Oprah, and it was amazing! Now, at age 49, I can say that I have grown as
a person over the years. I understand forgiveness, self-worth, self-respect,
listening, compassion, empathy, healing, and the power of love. It’s been a tremendous road, and I’m so
thankful to have traveled it. Don't get me wrong, I’m no guru or anything like
that…I still have my sassy New York attitude at times, and more work to do
which will last the rest of my life, but now I truly love myself for it.
Life Changes and
One day, I was introduced to a company that happens to be a
break-thru anti-aging skincare and wellness company.
As a professional technology marketer, I understand business, so I
looked at the numbers because I was naturally curious. The company had reached
$1B in sales in 4 years; my mouth dropped. Being in technology for the last 20
years, I had never seen any company reach sales numbers like this so quickly;
not even Amazon. So, I jumped in, recognizing emerging markets and the
potential of growth…I didn’t want to miss the beginning of something big again
(like I did when Apple exploded). Besides, I wasn’t a big fan of my wrinkles,
so it made the decision easier. Turns out, it's one of the best decisions I
ever made. Within a few months, all my wrinkles were gone, and I uncovered something
I never thought existed far beyond my physical appearance.
After a month of signing up, this company was having their annual
conference in Dallas. I decided, if I’m
going to take this “YouEconomy” business seriously, I need to attend this
conference. I booked my flight and off I went for a three-day conference on
anti-aging…so I thought.
The conference was at the Dallas conference center, and thousands
of people were in attendance. It was pretty exciting! The CEO, Jeff Olson, was
the first to speak. When I signed up, I was given the book Jeff Olson wrote
years prior to starting this company. Personally, I had never heard of him
before, but I was currently reading his book, The
Slight Edge. As I sat there I
heard words and phrase like love, make people better, live happy, happy acts, dreams, belief, vision, kindness, and personal development. At
that moment, I had an epiphany: the relationship that I had dreamed about for
years was not a personal relationship, but a company that lives and breathes
the way I do. Additionally, I realized I could help others on their
Personal Growth and Practicing Gratitude
This company has brought so much more to me than great skin!
The personal growth that I have received is so much more than I ever thought I
would experience in my life. The people that have come into my world are
incredible, inspirational, courageous, and strong, and have helped me grow more
each and every day. Now, I even attend a
daily happiness call that strives to help others with personal
To most people that know me, this company is just a side gig,
but to me, it’s my dream come true. For me, the personal development, the
people, the culture, and the growth is so much more than the monetary value. I am very grateful for my life today.